The Major League Baseball is back in action on Wednesday afternoon as the Houston Astros will battle the Oakland Athletics as the Oakland, Coliseum in Oakland, California in the final game of a three-game set. The Astros have been the better team so far as they have taken three of the first four games from the A’s this year. The Astros will start this game with Gerrit Cole (3-1, 1.42 ERA) and the A’s will give the nod to Daniel Mengden (2-3, 4.30 ERA).
Houston Astros Form
The Houston Astros were facing below average home form as their recent record is just 2-5 in their last seven games. However it seems that the Astros bounced back as they won game one by a score of 16-2 and 4-2 in game two. The Astros have averaged 6.0 runs per game and have allowed just 2.28 runs per game out on the road so far.
The Astros will give the node to Gerrit Cole and his stats are 3-1 with a 1.42 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP in seven starts on the year, including 4-0 with a 0.39 ERA and a 0.61 WHIP in three away game starts. This will be his first game at the Coliseum and many pundits are eager to see how he will perform.
On the offensive side of the game, Houston has been a solid team so far as they are placed on the 7th spot in the league in scoring, putting up 4.92 runs per game, while also ranking 6th in hitting at .258 and 15th in homers with 38. On the mound, they have been very strong so far as they head into this game as 1st in the league in ERA at 2.66, while also ranking 1st in WHIP at 1.01 and 1st in K’s with 385
Oakland Athletics Form
The Oakland A’s did not start this series in a good form as they lost the first two games. They were good against Baltimore, but they lost the momentum going into this game as they were demolished in game-one of this series falling by a score of 16-2 and a 4-2 in a consecutive loss. Moreover, the Athletics were not able to bounce back as they lost the second game with a score of 4-2. Oakland has averaged 4.39 runs per game and has allowed 4.33 runs per game at their home ground for the season.
On the offensive side of the game, the Athletics have an above average stats so far as they are placed on the 13th spot in the league in scoring, putting up 4.54 runs per game, while also being the 10th team in hitting at .251 and 9th in homers with a total of 42. On the mound, they have been in a poor form as they are placed on the 20th spot in the league in ERA at 4.34, while also being placed on the 12th in WHIP at 1.28 and 23rd in K’s with 277.
The Astros have been enjoying a fine form again the Athletics and I can’t see the A’s bouncing back. Their offence firepower is probably the best in the MLB and they have Gerrit Cole on the mound, who is 3-1 with a 1.42 ERA for the season. I expect that Houston will maintain the momentum and win this third game of the series.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics today on 5/9/2018 is: Take the Houston Astros -162 (money line bet)
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